Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

Collin Martin with two assists in Richmond Kickers 2-2 draw with Charleston Battery

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Both D.C. United and their USL PRO affiliate drew 2-2: the Richmond Kickers did it against the Charleston Battery on the road.

The Richmond Kickers started their season last night against their old foe, the Charleston Battery. And while the team was often sloppy with their passes, and not yet on the same page throughout the team, they did score two goals to draw with the Battery 2-2.

DC United 2-2 Chicago Fire: Two Goals Not Good Enough in Narrow Draw

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Fabian Espindola's blistering free kick gave DC United its first goal of 2014, but a late Chicago equalizer forced Ben Olsen to settle for a 2-2 draw.

As a fierce rain poured down at RFK Stadium Saturday, the fouls and goals did, too. It was an afternoon of abundance in a lot of ways-just not in the ways that mattered for D.

MLS Week 4 Schedule and Open Thread

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For those of you who just can't get enough soccer, there are plenty of more MLS games this weekend.

You've already watched D.C. United versus the Chicago Fire. You've already watched the Richmond Kickers versus the Charleston Battery. And yet there is an empty hole in your heart, one that can only be filled by more soccer.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: Streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Once D.C. United is done, there is still more soccer to watch: the Richmond Kickers take on the Charleston Battery at 7:30 PM.

After the D.C. United game is over, soccer isn't over for the day. You can watch the Richmond Kickers and D.C. United loanees take on both United's and Richmond's fiercest USL PRO rival: the Charleston Battery.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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United return to the District tomorrow to take on their old rivals from Chicago as each team looks for its first win of the season.

Today, D.C. United open their three-game homestand against classic Eastern Conference foes. In coming weeks it'll be the Revs and the Metros, but this afternoon, it's the Chicago Fire visiting East Capitol Street.

MLS Week 4: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire Match HQ

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Two teams, no wins in 2014. The Black-and-Red host the Men in Red as each side looks for its first W of the 2014 season. Find all of Black and Red United's coverage for the week, right here.

I said it on this week's edition of Filibuster, and I will say it again here. I think that this game is a reckoning for a number of players, in particular Bobby Boswell, Jeff Parke, and Luis Silva.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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D.C. United will be under intense pressure to get a win over a Chicago Fire team that is still sorting itself out after a coaching change, a formation change, and an influx of players who have a different approach. A look into how United can exploit the weaknesses Chicago has right now.

In recent seasons, the Chicago Fire would face D.

Get to know the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL PRO affiliate

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D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are back together once again, so we go to give you some information on our friends to the south.

Just as we did last year, we decided to give you an introduction to the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL PRO affiliate. Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton have all been sent on long-term loan to the Kickers, but they can be recalled at any time and other players can be sent down at any time.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions thread

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United go for their first win of 2014 this weekend. Does the B&RU community think they'll get it?

Happy Friday, boys & girls! The time has come to go on the record with our predictions for tomorrow's tilt between our own D.C. United and the nasty, evil hobbitses Chicago Fire. The staff here at B&RU have given their thoughts; be sure to share yours in the comments.

Freedom Kicks - D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for 28 March 2014: Puke, Pols, and Double Standards

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Boswell covers his mouth and gets puke on his jacket anyways. FIFA continues to embarrass itself. EJ wishes he was AJ. And Man U fans request a flyover.

Ladies and gentlemen! Good morning! Do you feel good? I bet you do. Leave your troubles outside. There are no troubles here. Here, life is beautiful.

Collin Martin and Alex Caskey seem set to be loaned to Richmond Kickers for this weekend's game against Charleston Battery

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Collin Martin and Alex Caskey will join D.C. United's other loanees for the Kickers' first game, which is this Saturday against the Charleston Battery in South Carolina.

As I said in the article about the four long-term loanees, other players would be loaned sporadically throughout the season so that they could get playing time and keep sharp.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Chicago blog Hot Time in Old Time

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We talk to Chicago Fire blogger Sean Spence, of Hot Time in Old Town, to get the 411 on the Chicago Fire.

With the Chicago Fire coming into town this weekend (for a game that is actually on television!), we turned to Sean Spence, managing editor of Hot Time in Old Town, for his thoughts on the matchup between the two teams.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire preview: When Last We Met... unrewarded dominance of possession

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The last time United played the Fire, just days after hoisting the 2013 US Open Cup, a side of mostly reserves controlled the ball but couldn't find joy. Meanwhile, the defense was a shambles. Oh man, that sounds entirely too familiar.

Freedom Kicks for 27 March 2014: Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for OKC

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Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for Oklahoma City: It's a very martial morning for your daily Freedom Kicks.

As my Freedom Kicks often do, there is a smattering of lower-division news to go along with MLS suspensions, the US men's national team, and soccer's Pig War. Let's jump in!

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Toronto FC's Jackson, Portland Timbers' Donovan Ricketts for one game | MLSsoccer.

Bill Hamid and Eddie Johnson called in for the US men's national team game against Mexico

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Juergen Klinsmann has released his 22-man roster for the game between USA and Mexico, and it features two D.C. United players.

Today, Juergen Klinsmann released his 22-man roster for the friendly to be played between the United States and Mexico next week, and it features two D.C. United players.

Flown The Nest: D.C. United Alumni News and Notes

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In this week’s news about former Black-and-Red players, John Thorrington has been hired by the MLS Players’ Union, Brandon McDonald has a new club and much more!

Lots of alumni news happened over the past week, with new jobs for Brandon McDonald and recent retiree John Thorrington the highlights.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Day of reckoning

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While there is only one change from last week's lineup, the pressure is on players in a number of positions.

I said it on this week's edition of Filibuster, and I will say it again here. I think that this game is a reckoning for a number of players, in particular Bobby Boswell, Jeff Parke, and Luis Silva.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Today in hot Freedom Kicking action: United, TFC, a takedown of the Revs, odd injuries, major trophies being won with two months left in the season, shoes, and the Coen brothers.

If you're reading this early, it's coffee time. I was briefly in Georgetown Monday for work, and the M Street Starbucks has a Clover brewing machine and some far fancier beans than your normal Starbucks.

Filibuster podcast episode 73: Spring is so lazy it can't get its act together

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On tap tonight: Courvoisier, Eight Point IPA, gin rickey, and the Champagne of Beers.

Filibuster - The Black and Red United podcast is back in your life once again, so rejoice at least in that. We break down D.C. United's game against Toronto FC, and go through all of the aspects where the team played poorly this weekend: attacking play, defensive play, and midfield play.

Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton sent on long-term loan to the Richmond Kickers

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D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers announced their loanees, sending Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, and Christiano Francois to RVA.

The Richmond Kickers and D.C. United today announced the players that United will loan down to the River City, sending Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton on long-term loan.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 3: Texas takeover

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The Power Rankings do not mess with Texas.

Despite the meteoric rise of FC Dallas, their home-state rivals remain on top of the B&RU Power Rankings. We D.C. United fans have been burned too many times by Dominic Kinnear and the Houston Dynamo to ever underestimate them; the fact that they are undefeated after two games leads me to worry that they may have finally figured out this whole "regular season.

Fantasy Focus: And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Anor!"

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Quoth the Blasian...

A tally of 69 points led the way this week, with Parke the Bus the beneficiary. Leading the way and wearing the armband was Toronto's Jermain Defoe ($10.8), who scored his team's only goal in defeating DCU on his way to 14 points. Colorado's Vicente Sanchez ($7.5) scored 11 points, aided by drawing a penalty and scoring, and Stefan Frei ($5.

Freedom Kicks for Tuesday 25 March 2014: Make good decisions

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Stadiums to the left of me. Migrant worker abuses to the right of me. Bill Hamid in front of me. The rarely relevant Charge of the Light Brigade aren't the only ones making questionable decisions.

Today's totally not-at-all forced theme in the land of Freedom and Kicks is quality decision-making, like deciding that it's not actually going to snow on March 25.

The Last Word: D.C. United's Still Not There Yet

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D.C. United ventured north of the border to slog it out with the retooled Reds. Toronto's Designated Players and tactics seemed to mesh perfectly, while the Black-and-Red proved they're still not there yet.

It was no surprise the pitch at BMO Field was in poor condition as D.C. United took on Toronto FC on the shores of Lake Ontario in the first few days of spring.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC: Player Ratings

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More low ratings and disappointment in this installment of player ratings.

Deja Vu all over again. Most of the problems that plagued D.C United during their 3-0 capitulation against the Columbus Crew we're repeated yesterday against Toronto. Again United failed to control the midfield way and failed to create anything worthwhile in the attack.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Everything is Horrible, Everyone Must Panic!

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Today's Freedon Kicks mull over the weekend's action from DC United, MLS and the craziness of El Clasico. Let the angst begin!

Hey, how was your weekend, good? We've got postmortems galore, some thoughts, some opinions, some diversions, a little bit of everything for everyone.

Reviews of Saturday's unpleasantness from a variety of sources starting with us, D.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United: The Game in GIFs

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Soccer is a game of moments. Here are some of the big ones from United's loss in Toronto on Saturday, in animated form.

The attack was stagnant, and the defense made one mistake too many against a team that is built to punish mistakes. The result was predictable. Here is D.C. United's loss to Toronto FC in GIFs.

Toronto FC 1-0 D.C. United: Tactical review of another toothless day for United's attack

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In which I humbly promise to do my best not to overuse the term "cutting edge," of which the Black-and-Red have none.

It was true last game against the Columbus Crew, and it's true again this week against Toronto FC: D.C. United lost this game in the midfield. Unlike the season-opening debacle against Columbus, though, it was not the wide spaces that will dominate our discussion today.

Toronto FC 1-0 D.C. United: Better, but not good enough

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D.C. United played better than they did against Columbus, but it wasn't anywhere good enough to beat Toronto FC.

For long stretches, D.C. United looked vastly improved from last week, being actually able to possess the ball and pass it around in the midfield. Luis Silva was improved on both ends of the field, playing defense and getting into a few combinations with the forwards.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United: TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The Black-and-Red take the field in Ontario this afternoon in their bid to improve upon their season-opening 3-0 loss.

D.C. United's season opener two weeks ago at RFK Stadium certainly didn't go as we would have wanted, and the early bye week has left us a full two weeks to let the 3-0 defeat marinate.

MLS Week 3 TV/Streaming Information and Open Thread

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With Major League Soccer storming into its third weekend, we have all of the information you need to watch these games.

Major League Soccer is once again in action this weekend, with the highlights been Real Salt Lake versus LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes versus Sporting Kansas City. As always, this is your open thread for any and all games this weekend, with your D.

D.C. United at Toronto FC: Staff & Reader Prediction Thread

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Last week we were too optimistic, calling for things like "goals" for D.C. United. Have the staff members of B&RU learned their lesson? Find out, and see what they expect this week. And while you're here, share your prediction in the comments.

No need to rehash what happened last week against Columbus.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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Toronto FC is riding a wave of positive emotion essentially for the first time since they debuted as a club, they have multiple Best 11-caliber starters, and the game will be played in particularly Canadian weather. However, none of that means that D.C. United should assume defeat against a team that still has plenty of flaws.

D.C. United loans Joe Willis, Alex Caskey, Steve Birnbaum, Christiano François, and Michael Seaton to Richmond for last preseason game

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D.C. United loans Willis, Caskey, Birnbaum, François, and Seaton to Richmond for their last preseason game.

The Richmond Kickers and D.C. United announced today that Joe Willis, Alex Caskey, Steve Birnbaum, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton will all be loaned to the Kickers for their final preseason game, which is this Saturday against the University of Virginia.

Week 3: Toronto FC vs. D.C. United Match HQ

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Coming off a bye week, the Black-and-Red travel to BMO Field to play a revamped TFC featuring the likes of Michael Bradley, Jermaine Defoe and former United stalwart Dwayne De Rosario.

After the opening day debacle against the Columbus Crew, there was plenty of questioning about the formation and players that Ben Olsen started.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Fred, Ian, Levi and Jonah

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News and notes ahead of TFC-DCU, where one former DC player resurfaces in MLS and a current one celebrates a milestone.

Player movement, news, notes, and hoping the birthday of Sean Franklin is an enjoyable. These are your morning links:

New York City FC reveal subway token-inspired badge with heavy NYC influence | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Toronto blog Waking the Red

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We talk to Duncan Fletcher of Waking the Red to get the lowdown on Toronto FC.

On Saturday afternoon, D.C. United are finally back in action against the newly reconstituted Toronto FC. In order to get the lowdown on our friends from the Great White North, we turned to Duncan Fletcher of Waking the Red to preview Toronto FC.

Freedom Kicks for 20 March 2014: Kicked right out of the CCL

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Put on some coffee, drink your tea, chug down a Coke, or whatever else you need to do, and read this morning's Freedom Kicks!

In today's Freedom Kicks we have Santino Quaranta, the end of the MLS referee lockout, Clint Dempsey being naughty, and German-based American right backs.

Santino Quaranta named D.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United preview: When Last We Met... the wheels completely fell off

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The last time the Black-and-Red visited BMO Field, a less-than-first-choice lineup got an early lead against the hosts, only to completely wilt against the Eastern Conference's second-worst team of 2013.

RFK on Gameday: 5 Things To Do For D.C. United First-Timers

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A lot of people have asked us about things to do at a DC United match if they're going for the first time. Here are some items to cross off your to-do list.

There's no atmosphere in MLS circles quite like matchday for D.C. United. With the massive tailgate scene, the South American fare and the atmosphere inside the stadium, there's a lot of things to do for those who are attending a match for the first time.

Flown The Nest: United First Team Alumni News and Notes

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Former Black-and-Red midfielder Shawn Kuykendall sadly lost his battle with thymus cancer on March 12, after being diagnosed on July 20 last year.

Our D.C. United weekly alumni roundup starts with some very sad news about former midfielder Shawn Kuykendall, while there are also updates on Casey Townsend and Andy Najar.

Checking out Charleston: A D.C. United fan travels to the Carolina Challenge Cup

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A visit to a quiet architectural milestone in American soccer and home to where D.C. United spent the last days of the 2014 preseason.

When you drive along I-526 you could understandably miss it, and you could even confuse it for the Family Circle Tennis Center, which hosts the WTA Tournament event of the same name.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: Into the fire

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D.C. United's does not get any time to regroup, as their second game is against Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe, and Toronto FC.

After the opening day debacle against the Columbus Crew, there was plenty of questioning about the formation and players that Ben Olsen started. They had performed well in the Carolina Challenge Cup, after previous formations floundered in earlier preseason games, but looked slow of foot and of mind in the game against the Crew.

D.C. United and CSN Washington announce television schedule

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D.C. United and CSN Washington have finally released their television schedule, with the first game not broadcast until May 3.

D.C. United and CSN Washington have finally announced their television schedule for the 2014 season, in which Dave Johnson will return as play-by-play announcer and Santino Quaranta will take over from John Harkes and the color commentator.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and MLS links for Wednesday March 18th, 2014

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Wednesday's Freedom Kicks involve United, kids who want to play for United, voters, recruiting, friendlies, disappointment, and predictable results. This is B&RU's open thread for the day.

One more day until March Madness! Also, one more day of dismal, dreary weather before we get some sun.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 2: The East strikes back

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Houston, Toronto, and Kansas City have something to say about the West's dominance.

Another week in the books means another set of data points for our MLS Power Rankings. In this week's edition, we have the Eastern Conference occupying three of the top four spots as well as six of the bottom six spots.

Filibuster podcast episode 72: I don't actually want you to talk in an Irish brogue

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On tap tonight: an old fashioned, The Tradition, Guinness, and a Somersby cider.

When your team has two weeks to brood upon an opening day loss after the worst season in league history, you can get a bit of a sad show. Your friends at Filibuster are a bit sad, and so share our sadness with us.

Fantasy Focus: Victor Bernardez? Victor Bernardez!

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An unexpected points leader shoots to the top of the scoring list

With D.C. United on bye, Fantasy Focus takes a more enjoyable tone this week. York River AFC led scorers this week with 80 points. Will Bruin (HOU, $8.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points, contributing a goal. Backing him up with 11 points each were Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Tuesday 18 March 2014

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Start your day off with Freedom. The third link today is about... corruption. Okay, corruption and freedom, then.

It's Tuesday in the Nation's Capital, and that's all I've got to say about that.

Pontius on slow road in comeback | Washington Post
Steve Goff comes in with the news that we all expected and feared.

D.C. United to stream this weekend's game on their website, Comcast SportsNet schedule still not released

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D.C. United's official Twitter account confirmed today that this weekend's game will again be streamed on the website and on MLS Live.

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, D.C. United's local television schedule with Comcast SportsNet has yet to be released even though we are a couple of weeks into the season.

Michael Seaton and Christiano Francois participate in Richmond Kickers intersquad game

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Although not announced by D.C. United, both Michael Seaton and Christiano Francois played in the Richmond Kickers' intersquad game this weekend.

With time ticking down to the beginning of the Richmond Kickers regular season, the team has slowly begun to take form. The team returns a core of players from last year's team, including Luke Vercollone, Mike Callahan, William Yomby, and Alex Lee.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS/Euro Links for Monday, March 17, 2014

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Recapping the weekend's notable events in MLS and abroad and a potential look forward to the coming week.

The weekend's highlights in MLS and abroad, and a reminder that while green rivers look pretty, green bagels and more importantly green beer are bullcrap and should be avoided at all costs.

Bye Week: Top Things To Do To Pass The Time

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With this weekend's bye week, supporters have an unexpected weekend off very early in the season. What are we to do to pass the time? We take a look at some top things to do to keep you entertained while DC United rests.

Bye Week. It's the two words that, depending on the time of year, invokes either relief, anxiety or is the sign for you to kick back and relax.

MLS Week 2 Schedule, TV/Streaming Information, and Open Thread

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With no D.C. United players in action this weekend, join us in watching other games from around the league.

With D.C. United on a bye week due to the LA Galaxy's Concacaf Champions League game and with the Richmond Kickers season not yet started, this weekend will likely be the last in months in which no United player will be involved in a competitive match.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS Links for Friday, March 14, 2014

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On this bye-week eve, Freedom Kicks checks in on a cold DC practice, an injured Red, a Colombian striker, and a week-old lockout.

No DCU this weekend. Bye week is upon us. It's the eye of the hurricane, that aching void in your heart, that hole in your donut, that dreamless sleep. But freedom kicks does not sleep.

MLS Disciplinary Committee wastes no time: D.C. United's Luis Silva fined for simulation

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United's attacking midfielder went to ground without much in the way of contact during the second half against Columbus, and now he'll feel that fall in his checkbook.

MLS announced today that the league's infamous Disciplinary Committee has decided to fine Luis Silva for simulation that occurred in the second half against the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Freedom Kicks for 13 March 2014: PK decision, Phoenix FC folds, and CCL

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In today's Freedom Kicks, we have PRO explaining the PK call against Perry Kitchen, Phoenix FC folding, and Concacaf Champions League results.

Good morning once again, and welcome to your morning Freedom Kicks. In today's edition, we have news about the penalty kick call in the D.C. United game versus Columbus Crew, a third USL PRO team folding this offseason, and MLS action in the Concacaf Champions League.

Which D.C. United players are bound for Richmond?

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A couple of players have been loaned to the Richmond Kickers so far, but who is going to end up there for the long haul?

While there is no D.C. United game this weekend, there will be D.C. United players in action. While no announcement has been made yet, it is highly likely that a number of players will be loaned to the Richmond Kickers either for their weekend intersquad match and for their preseason game a week from today against the College of William & Mary.

Flown The Nest: D.C. United Academy Alumni News & Notes

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Our weekly roundup of alumni news is back, focusing this time on the Black-and-Red’s former academy talents now plying their trade in NCAA soccer.

Now the snow seems to finally be abating, NCAA men's soccer is entering its period of spring exhibitions, with several former D.C. United academy players making news in the college game.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and Champions League Links for Wednesday March 12, 2014

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D.C. United is trying to improve, parking costs, multiple Champions Leagues, Iditarod, and the chance to see a sensational movie for free. I know it's beautiful out - or at least, it will be until everything goes to hell later tonight - but for freedom's sake you should read these links.

Today's edition of Freedom Kicks looks at a few D.

Filibuster podcast episode 71: Studs-up flying tackle from hell

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On tap tonight: a rye-based old-fashioned Old Fashioned, On The Wings of Armageddon, and a gin and tonic.

We are back for another episode of your favorite D.C. United podcast associated with this site, and it is a hard one. Adam, Jason, and Ben try to get through their analysis of United's opening day loss to the Columbus Crew, with brief asides into the performance of the midfield, the tactics of the game, and how long of a leash Ben Olsen should have.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 1: The Western Conference is really good

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We now inaugurate our weekly power rankings, and in this edition the Western Conference in running rampant.

Our power rankings were monthly throughout the offseason; now that the regular season is here, they are now weekly. Every Tuesday, I will give you all my rank of the 19 MLS teams from best to worst, and you will tell me why I am wrong, who should be higher or lower, and in what order you would put the teams.

MLS Fantasy Focus: Two Bruins

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Two men to lead them all...

Before we get to the Fantasy Focus this week, here's a reminder to join the BR&U league(s). To join, click here for our traditional league, and over here for our head-to-head league. Or you can go to "Leagues," "Join a League," select "Private League," click "next," and enter league number 38-11 for the traditional league, and 38-459 for the head-to-head league.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS news and links for 11 March 2014

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Reserve goalkeepers being hilarious, Dave Johnson on the mic, trademarks, coach-hiring, international losing and fan voting. Start your Tuesday off with Freedom!

It's Tuesday, and I know some of us have yet to fully recover from Saturday's reality check, so I'm going to start today's Freedom Kicks with some D.

The Last Word: D.C. United's Nightmare Opening Match

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Other than the fact meaningful soccer was being played once again at RFK Stadium, absolutely nothing went as planned Saturday night. It was a nightmare opening, and now the franchise finds itself at a pivotal point.

Saturday night's season-opening match at RFK Stadium was a hauntingly disappointing reminder that, despite all the new faces on D.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew - the game in GIFS

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Calling all gluttons for punishment: here is the first installment of our animated look back at the game that was.

Well, you've clicked on the link to this post, so you've got moxie. Or you're just a masochist. Or you support another team besides D.C. United and want to see us fans of the Black-and-Red suffer.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for 10 March 2014

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In today's links, we have as much post to go with the mortem, and some lighter moments in between.

You may want to scrub off Saturday's game with a Silkwood-level shower, but not on today's watch. Bathe in the narrative, lather with the hyperbole!

Post mortems on Saturday's 3-0 loss to Columbus by us, WaPo, MLS, Ives and Goal, with additional Player Ratings and Tactical Observations.

D.C United 0-3 Columbus Crew: Player Ratings

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D.C United's season opener couldn't have gone much worse, and unfortunately that will be reflected in B&RU's first player ratings of the season.

Disappointment, utter disappointment. After an off season awash with exciting player acquisitions and fresh hope, D.C. United showed many of the same demons that haunted them during their historically awful season last year.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew: Where it all went wrong

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The easy answer is "everywhere," but where did things really break down for D.C. United in their season-opening loss to the Crew?

Well that sucked. Having slept on the result of last night's dismantling at the hands of the Columbus Crew, the sting is hardly any less. What was supposed to be the unveiling of a newly competitive squad that would not make the same mistakes the 2013 version of D.

D.C. United 0-3 Columbus Crew: New Season, Same Old Story As United Fall to Crew

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Many things have changed from 2013, but unfortunately change didn’t come in the result column as the Black-and-Red fell 3-0 to the Columbus Crew in the season opener at RFK Stadium

The fireworks that accompanied the singing of the national anthem before the game reflected a cautious optimism around RFK Stadium after a dreadful 2013 season and a drastic upheaval in playing staff.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew: TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United kick off their 2014 regular season against the visiting Columbus Crew, and OH MAN I CAN'T BELIEVE THE SEASON IS FINALLY HERE! SOCCER, YOU GUYS! SOCCER!!!

Congratulations, D.C. United fans. You made it through the cold, dark winter and have emerged on the other side stronger, wiser, and somewhat oddly more handsome.

MLS Opening Weekend Schedule, TV/Streaming Information, and Open Thread

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There are more games than just D.C. United's this weekend; if you're watching them, watch with us!

D.C. United plays their opening match tonight, but there are plenty of other MLS games this weekend! Treat this as your open thread for the weekend, for these games any any other soccer related matters that come to mind.

D.C. United feeling good about integrating new talent

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Everyone agrees that D.C. United are more talented than last season, but how will their new players fit in? A couple of last year's players feel good about it.

D.C. United underwent a massive transformation this offseason, with nearly half the roster turning over. It's unsurprising that a team coming off one of the worst seasons in league history has decided to make such dramatic changes, but there are still lingering questions about how all of the new talent will fit in.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Toronto FC

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B&RU's Eastern Conference preview ends with a look at what has been for years the conference's running joke: Toronto FC. However, some new front office figures made some enormous offseason moves, including the best current USMNT player in Michael Bradley as well as Jermaine Defoe. TFC in the playoffs?

D.C. United Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

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There are no must-win games in week one, but both D.C. United and the Columbus Crew are well aware of the tight margins involved with playoff spots in the East. The Crew haven't made many changes to their roster, but they have completely changed their approach to the game. Can United take advantage of a team in transition?

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew - Week 1 Predictions Thread

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We polled the staff here at B&RU about what we'll see on the field tomorrow when United open their season against Columbus.

It's new feature time, sports fans! This year, we're going to poll our staff before each D.C. United game for predictions and share them in a post. You're encouraged to share your predictions for the game in the comments.

Amos Magee joins D.C. United as U-23 head coach and first team assistant coach

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D.C. United announced today that Amos Magee, formerly of the Portland Timbers, has joined the team as an assistant and as U-23 head coach.

D.C. United is on a tear of announcing new assistant coaches: first, it was Enzo Concina, and now they have announced that Amos Magee has joined the club as an assistant coach for the first team and as the head coach of the U-23 team.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Columbus blog Massive Report

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For the first game of the 2014 regular season, we go Behind Enemy Lines with Patrick Murphy of the Columbus Crew blog Massive Report.

This Saturday, D.C. United kicks off their regular season against the Columbus Crew, a familiar opening day opponent for United teams coming off worst seasons in team history.

The B&RU exclusive 2014 D.C. United Field Guide is here.

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The season starts tomorrow, and reader Stunned Duck has been kind enough to put together a handy one-page PDF you can use to spot players in their natural habitat, the wilds of RFK Stadium.

Quick disclosure, this is Adam writing this post, not, in fact Stunned Duck. The reason his name is on the byline here is that he did all the real work for this post, once again putting together the Field Guide to the 2014 D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS Links for 7 March 2014

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The Black-and-Red's defense is looking good for the season opener, but can they withstand a newly aggressive Crew midfield? That, plus Ghana's 15-second foul, MLS-hater-be-hating, the dismal science's take on the beautiful game, and more in today's Freedom Kicks.

We are on the very cusp of the new season.

On Eddie Johnson, money and some of the hyperbole therein.

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A brief moment of sanity before the next 9 months of craziness.

Putting my cards on the table before I get into a bit of a rant here. For the record, while this writer had qualms about bringing Eddie Johnson to DC, there really shouldn't be reservations about giving him Designated Player money.

D.C. United has officially signed Eddie Johnson to a designated player contract

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D.C. United has shown Eddie Johnson the money, giving him a designated player contract.

Rumors of an imminent deal abounded today, with both Steve Goff and Brian Straus reporting that D.C. United was close to signing Eddie Johnson to a designated player contract. However, these reports were even more imminent than we thought, with D.

Setting the Stage for March: How'd D.C. United Get Here and Where Are They Going!?!

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Let's get ready for Saturday by reviewing a whole host of information that helps to put the start of the 2014 season into context. We've also got interactive data charts and a poll. Let's do this!

The 2014 Major League Soccer season is here. Lots has happened this offseason, for D.C. United and for the rest of the league.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Sporting Kansas City

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In the penultimate B&RU Eastern Conference preview, we take a look at the defending champs. Sporting Kansas City didn't add any big names, but in keeping the band together and content they probably had a good offseason nonetheless. Can they improve on an MLS Cup-winning season?

What happened in 2013: Aside from a couple of poor stretches - a 2W-3D-4L spell a quarter of the way through the season, and losing four of five in late July/early August - Sporting Kansas City kept racking up low-scoring wins.

Two days until D.C. United: Figuring out Jeff Parke

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With just two days until D.C. United kicks off the 2014 season, our countdown concludes with the new #2 shirt, center back Jeff Parke.

We can officially say that the MLS season starts the day after tomorrow. Put otherwise, it's two days until D.C. United kicks off the 2014 campaign at RFK Stadium against the Columbus Crew.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Philadelphia Union

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Our look around the teams of the Eastern Conference moves on to the Philadelphia Union, who are substantially changed after escaping salary cap purgatory. Some expensive midfield additions addressed an obvious problem, but did it come at the cost of their previously solid defense?

What happened in 2013: The Philadelphia Union were quietly pretty tough to beat to start the 2013 season.

Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United preview: When Last We Met... crash and burn

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Past is prologue, so let's see what happened the last time the Black-and-Red played C-Bus.

Freedom Kicks for 6 March 2014: The regular season is upon us

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Enzo, Snow, Seaton, and more!

Only two more days until the regular season begins, and I am so excited. Let us start the antepenultimate day with news about D.C. United, Michael Seaton, USL PRO, and more!

Inter Milan’s Enzo Concina joins United as Assistant Coach | D.C. United: After being rumored for months, and actually seeing him on the sidelines throughout the preseason, D.

MLS Statistical Analysis 6.0: Looking Back at 2013

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For D.C. United, it can't get much worse than last year.

Statistical Analysis is back for 2014, starting with a look back at 2013 as a whole. Very quickly, if you've never read this before, it's a look at various offensive, defensive, and goalkeeping statistics for all teams, as well as D.C.

Chris Korb undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery, expected to miss 3-4 weeks

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The fullback has been battling a slow recovery from injury and did not appear in any preseason games.

The first new real injury of 2014 has struck D.C. United. The big winner (well...) is Chris Korb, who figures to be the Black-and-Red's top reserve at both fullback spots. He's been dealing with a bone bruise for basically the entire preseason and reportedly "plateaued" in his recovery.

MLS 2014 Week 1: D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

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D.C. United will play its first real soccer game of the season this Saturday against the Columbus Crew. Here you will find all of B&RU's coverage of the 2014 season-opener.

Regular season soccer is finally upon us, with D.C. United taking on the Columbus Crew at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium a few short days from now.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew lineups: The first lineup post of the regular season

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D.C. United will play its first real soccer game of the season this Saturday, against the Columbus Crew.

Regular season soccer is finally upon us, with D.C. United taking on the Columbus Crew at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium a few short days from now. The Crew are a team that D.C. United should beat at home, if the season is going well, and so they are a good test right off the bat.

The Tradition Comes Home

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The Tradition is set to be released in cans this weekend, and we take a look at what you can expect from DC Brau's The Tradition this season in can form.

We've come full circle. An idea that was hastily created right here on this very couch I sit on to write this post is now staring me right in the face.

Flown The Nest: D.C. United First Team Alumni News & Notes

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Dejan Jakovic makes his first appearance in Japan, James Riley arrives at the sixth MLS club of his career, Andy Najar could return to RFK Stadium in May, and much more!

Our regular update on former D.C. United players is back and raring to go after what has been a busy period for first team alumni.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: New York Red Bulls

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B&RU's Eastern Conference previews continue with a look at the Red Bulls, who are coming off their first trophy-winning season ever. However, after an offseason that saw them lose several starters, Mike Petke's attempts to repeat will be difficult.

What happened in 2013: Ugh! Basically, it was just gross.

Three days till D.C. United: Will Christian be more asset or liability at fullback?

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With only three days to go until the season opener Saturday at RFK, we look at the man who will wear #3 for the Black-and-Red, at least when he's not suspended.

Well, folks, we're at the second-to-last stop on our player-by-player countdown to D.C. United's opener on Saturday. Today's subject is the other new fullback on the team, number three, Christian.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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A nearly 100% United-centric Freedom Kicks, with the major exception being the replacement referees who will trigger Ragnarok through their mishandling of MLS games.

Think about it: This will publish 83 hour and 30 minutes before D.C. United kicks off the 2014 season. The gates at Lot 8 will be open four hours earlier.

Scouting Report on new D.C. United midfielder Alex Caskey

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We reached out to our friends at Sounder at Heart, SB Nation's site for all things Rave Green, to ask about the now-former Seattle midfielder.

As you probably know by now, D.C. United acquired midfielder Alex Caskey yesterday from the Seattle Sounders, shipping a third-round draft pick in 2016 northwest in exchange.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: New England Revolution

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Continuing with B&RU's look at the Eastern Conference, we're examining the prospects of the New England Revolution. Jay Heaps did very well with a young team last season, but has some major issues to overcome if he wants them to repeat or improve on 2013.

What happened in 2013: A 2W-4D-4L start appeared to be an indictment of the 4141 the New England Revolution started the season in, but Jay Heaps kept faith in his mostly young charges.

Filibuster podcast episode 70: Deconstructed bread pudding

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On tap tonight: Malbec, Fat Tire, Goose Island Pere Jacques, and water

The Filibuster crew is back once again, and it is less than a week until the kickoff of regular season D.C. United soccer. As such, we get Patrick Murphy from Massive Report, a blog about the Columbus Crew, to talk with us about all things massive.

D.C. United trades with Seattle Sounders for Alex Caskey

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D.C. United has acquired midfielder Alex Caskey from the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United announced today that they have acquired Alex Caskey, a midfielder who most recently played with the Seattle Sounders in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Caskey is a midfielder who can play both on the wings and out wide, and seems to have been acquired to provide more depth behind Chris Pontius, Davy Arnaud, and Nick DeLeon as well as to push Kyle Porter for the role of top wing depth.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Montreal Impact

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Next up in B&RU's look at the rest of the Eastern Conference is the Montreal Impact. Despite making the playoffs, Montreal ended up making a coaching change while doing nearly nothing to change their roster. Will it be good enough for them to improve on 2013's inconsistent showing?

What happened in 2013: All soccer fans have heard of a game that's a tale of two halves; in 2013, the Montreal Impact wrote a tale of two half-seasons.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for 4 March 2014

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Burritos and single entity for everybody!

Okay, it's only Tuesday morning, but I'm already set to scrap the rest of this week and head straight to Lot 8 to wait out the snow thaw there. Who's with me? No? Nobody? Oh, fine, here are your morning links.

Eddie Johnson on D.C. & Seattle | The News Tribune
Yesterday, touchline brought you one Seattle newspaper's interview with the Grown Ass Man.

The 2014 United States World Cup home jersey is... lacking identity

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With the release of the 2014 USMNT home jersey, self-proclaimed jersey fanatic Donald Wine examines its lack of depth and the overall lack of identity. Reposted from his blog, Life in 1-1-8.

After weeks of leaked pictures and rampant speculation, the 2014 U.S. home jersey was released this morning for both the USMNT and the USWNT.

Allow me to re-introduce myself.

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You're going to be seeing quite a few new names along with the familiar ones around B&RU this season. We'd like you to meet them all up front.

We've been busy behind the scenes this winter here at Black and Red United. We've been cooking up new features that we think you're really going to like - and which you'll see rolled out over the next week and change as we cover D.

Five days till D.C. United: A look at veteran newcomer Sean Franklin

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We are truly in the home stretch of the 2014 preseason, and with five days until the home opener on Saturday, the time has come to look at the new man wearing #5.

I think it's pretty clear that the story of this offseason for D.C. United has been roster turnover, particularly in the defense, where all four starters from 2013 have been displaced.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo are up next in B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference. Dominic Kinnear has assembled the same sort of roster as in past years, but the strengths and weaknesses have shifted to different points on the field. Could this be a down year for the Dynamo?

What happened in 2013: Whiplash, basically.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for 3 March 2014

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In today's Freedom Kicks, we say goodbye to the pre-season, with final prognostications for 2014, a turn of phrase from Eddie Johnson that hits somewhere close to the Yogi Berra bone, a bombing, a flop, geopolitics, religion, and so much more.

Are you excited? This is the last Monday before the season starts.

D.C. United Preseason Minutes Tracker/Depth Chart final edition

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The final edition of this 2014 preseason feature. We've seen six games this preseason, so let's see where things stand after United lifted the Carolina Challenge Cup on Saturday night.

On Saturday, for the first time in 2014, we saw a D.C. United match that actually behaved like a proper match.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Columbus Crew

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In the second installment of B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference, we take a look at the Columbus Crew. There's a new coach, a new mindset, and a remade back four. Is it enough to improve upon last season's disappointment?

What happened in 2013: Normally your mediocre teams look back on a failed season and cite a high number of draws that should have been wins.

2014 Eastern Conference Previews

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We start B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire because of the alphabet. Frank Yallop has changed the formation and made several moves, but the Men in Red still look very dependent on Mike Magee.

What happened in 2013: Basically, just Mike Magee.

No seriously: Before Magee's Chicago Fire debut - naturally against United, because 2013 was just that kind of year - the Men in Red were 2W-2D-7L.

D.C. United claim 4th Carolina Challenge Cup with 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders

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The Black-and-Red have claimed preseason glory with a back-and-forth and exciting, if sloppy, draw against Seattle.

The first silverware of the new year is ours, boys and girls. D.C. United claimed preseason glory - GLORY! (or something) - Saturday night in Charleston, S.C. with a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders in both sides' final match of the 2014 preseason.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders: Carolina Challenge Cup live streaming, kickoff time, previews, and game thread

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D.C. United meets the Seattle Sounders to decide the winner of the Carolina Challenge Cup.

The final game of the 2014 preseason is upon us, with D.C. United taking on the Seattle Sounders to decide the winner of the Carolina Challenge Cup. A win by either team would give them the Cup, whereas a tie would likely give the cup to United based on the first tie-breaker, which is goal differential.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Chicago Fire

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We start B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire because of the alphabet. Frank Yallop has changed the formation and made several moves, but the Men in Red still look very dependent on Mike Magee.

What happened in 2013: Basically, just Mike Magee.

No seriously: Before Magee's Chicago Fire debut - naturally against United, because 2013 was just that kind of year - the Men in Red were 2W-2D-7L.

7 days till D.C. United - What kind of year will it be for Eddie Johnson?

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D.C. United kick off their 2014 season one week from today. We honor the occasion with a look at the new guy in #7, the Grown Ass Man, Eddie Johnson.

His acquisition for some large amount of allocation money is, without question, the biggest of D.C. United's offseason. For all the areas where the Black-and-Red were bad in 2013 - and that really does include all of them - scoring goals (in the other team's net) was probably where they were in the worst way.